#netneutrality- The Idea of a Free Internet

“Net Neutrality” is not so much a concrete law or regulation as it is a concept- that the ability to access the internet should be a public service that is regulated and defined, federally, to allow equality and fair-use among users and Internet Service Providers (or ISP’s.)  The hashtag “#netneutrality” was popularized around mid-2015, when the FCC officially “ruled in favor of net neutrality by reclassifying broadband as a common carrier under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. (source: wikipedia)

Protest at the White House for Net Neutrality//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Now, we see a rise in attention to Net Neutrality as Trump’s administration appoints Republican FCC representative Ajit Pai as chairmen of the FCC (source: NPR.)  This decision has grabbed the attention of several high-profile tech companies and individuals, as Ajit has expressed interest in revising the FCC regulations on broadband, including Net Neutrality. Some say his term as chairmen will benefit small business ISP’s and improve the tech industry. Others are worried that he will granted an inappropriate amount of power and leverage to large conglomerates that will come back to hurt the average user in the form of throttling service and compromising privacy.  Regardless of your stance, the dialogue exists and the use of “#netneutrality” is critical to promoting a debate of an important subject across it’s own medium.

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